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Five Things for a Freshman Need to Know Before Starting School

Ashleigh Dunkem

CHARLOTTE, NC - Starting school is one of the most exciting and stressful times in a teen's life. Between meeting new colleagues, unwrapping boxes, and learning about the school. What should your children do during the first five days on campus? Here are some professional suggestions:

  • Come to the health centre

Most institutions have an on-campus health centre with doctor visits, vaccines, pharmacies, and more. Help them find the health centre and learn how to make an appointment. Many institutions require students to complete all necessary forms online before their initial visit.

Make sure your children have copies of necessary medical documentation, such as your health insurance card. This information is essential even if your child doesn't need to see a specialist because a mandatory health cost is included intuition.

  • Register at the college’s counselling and psychiatric services

Some schools have a dedicated counselling and psychiatric centre, whereas others do not. And, many students require a “triage appointment” before speaking to a counsellor. In a crisis, time is a factor. If your children have had mental health issues in the past, encourage them to book a triage appointment early to get help.

  • Learn about other care services

Beyond comprehensive mental and physical health services, your child's college certainly offers specialized help. Taking the time to teach your child everything their school has to offer could pay off in the future.

  • Locate all classes before the first day

Make class searching a group activity for them and their buddies. It may become a delightful annual event that culminates with an ice cream run. This small effort will save your child a lot of worry on the first day of school.

  • Get involved

Your child won't adjust to campus by staying in their dorm for two weeks. Encourage them to participate in social and intellectual activities to meet new people and learn about campus. Ultimately, preparing them for college success involves setting expectations and utilizing available resources.

If you want more suggestions, you can contact Katie at Garrett Educational Consulting at 980-677-0311 or email at info@garretteducationalconsulting.com.

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